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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does the Authority react to Wili's ploy?
2. Allison says that before the bobbles, mankind was close to achieving what major technological goal?
3. About how long has the Authority been in power?
4. Why do the gangs around the embobbled tenement building help Wili?
5. Paul is severely injured during what stage of the battle?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Mike contact Della, and what information is exchanged?
2. How are Paul and the others able to travel to the Authority enclave in secret?
3. How does Mike feel about losing Jeremy inside the bobble at the bioscience lab?
4. Why does Mike decide to embobble himself?
5. Why does Wili lose contact with Jill during the final approach to the embobbling position?
6. What new device do Paul and Wili create together?
7. How does Avery lose control over the situation early in the battle with the Tinkers?
8. What fears do Mike and Allison express when the group returns to Paul's home?
9. How does Wili predict where the embobbled tenement building will go?
10. What is Renaissance?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The bobbles are a defining element of the setting, and all the major events of the novel and of the history leading up to it are shaped by them. They represent a kind of super-weapon, superseding nuclear weapons, and allowing the Peace Authority to control much of the world.
1) Explain what a bobble is, how it is created and destroyed, and what its characteristics are.
2) Describe some uses for bobbles that are seen in the novel.
3) Explain how the Authority is able to control most of the world through their use of bobbles.
4) Discuss the impact that Paul and Wili's rogue bobble-generator has on the world and its political balance.
Essay Topic 2
Technology plays an important role throughout the novel. The Authority and the Tinkers have fundamental disagreements about how it should be pursued and employed, and these disagreements lead to the central conflict of the book.
1) Explain the Authority's position on technology and describe some of the technologies it has banned outright and those which it has reserved solely for itself.
2) Describe how the Tinkers interact with technology and how they are able to make significant advances despite their limitations.
3) Discuss the impact that these two competing forces have on the average people in this setting. What technologies are available, and how are they controlled or acquired?
4) Explain why the Authority and the Tinkers come into direct conflict over the issue of technology and how their disagreements shape the overall plot of the novel.
Essay Topic 3
Avery, the leader of the Authority in its base of power, the west coast of the United States, begins the novel as a suspicious but effective leader. As events progress, he slowly looses his grasp on sanity, and it becomes clear he has allowed his obsessions to get the better of him.
1) Discuss Avery as a character and a leader. What are his most important defining traits, what makes him an effective leader, and how did he come to a position of power within the Authority?
2) Describe the obsessions that plague Avery and how he struggles with them. Cite examples of Avery either overcoming or being defeated by these obsessions and describe how these events affect his psyche.
3) Explain Avery's final descent into madness, its causes, and its effects on the final conflict with the Tinkers.
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